Lean Library

Lean Library

A library-approved tool to unlock access to academic papers.

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What is Lean Library?

Lean Library is a free-to-use Chrome extension that acts as your personal library tool. It provides instant and legal access to a vast number of academic papers and facilitates access to your library's content whenever and wherever needed. It also offers direct support in the systems and webpages you use most for research, such as Google Scholar and PubMed. Lean Library can be utilized by those affiliated with an institution or by independent researchers, with redirection to open-access materials provided free.

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Rating: 3.03 (71)
Version: 2023.29.3 (Last updated: 2023-12-04)
Creation date: 2020-07-01
Manifest version: 3
  • storage
  • tabs
  • alarms
  • activeTab
  • webNavigation
  • contextMenus
  • unlimitedStorage
Host permissions:
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
  • <all_urls>
Size: 1.16M
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood

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Lean Library
Lean Library (v2023.27.6)
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Put your library on your shoulder as you research

The Lean Library extension is a free tool which assists your library in delivering their services directly into your research workflow!

With the Lean Library extension, you can unlock access instantly and legally to millions of academic papers, streamline access to your library content whenever and wherever you might need it and get direct support within systems and web pages you use the most like Google Scholar, PubMed and thousand more!

Ready to start using Lean Library?

Install the extension, select your institution and begin researching! Even if you aren’t affiliated to an institution, you can still get quick and seamless redirection to open access materials absolutely free by downloading the extension and selecting Lean Library Open as your library.

Lean Library is a fantastic complement to other research tools you may already use including LibKey Nomad, EndNote Click and many more.

User reviews
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  • Provides access to academic resources and licensed eContent
  • Detects and unlocks access to paywalled or off-campus content
  • Helpful for librarians and students working off campus
  • Allows access to open access alternatives
  • Integrates seamless proxy access to entitled content
  • Causes browser to become slow or unresponsive
  • Regularly redirects or refreshes pages, sometimes causing inconvenience
  • Does not work consistently
  • Messes with input on Google Translate
  • Cannot reliably find or remember user logins
Most mentioned
  • Access to library resources
  • Causes slowdowns and lagging issues
  • Unpredictable and inconsistent performance
  • Interferes with web navigation due to constant redirects and refreshing
  • Difficulty in accessing full text articles
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Risk impact

Lean Library is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Lean Library if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Lean Library is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this extension.

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